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Bill Hader: Fit to Print

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Our main man Bill Hader's rise to psuedo-celebrity has now been made official, as he's the subject of a nice profile in the New York Times.

WHEN an adult immerses himself in a comic book or a fantasy novel, it’s usually a harmless act of juvenile regression. When Bill Hader does it, it’s more like career preparation.

In 2005 Mr. Hader was rereading “The Sandman,” the supernatural comic-book series by Neil Gaiman, when he learned he was being considered for a spot on “Saturday Night Live.” He decided the two events couldn’t simply be a coincidence.

“I got all superstitious about it,” he said on a recent stroll through the science fiction section of the Chelsea Barnes & Noble. “Like, when I have Neil Gaiman books around me, I just do better.”

Juvenile regression? Somebody hasn't read a lot of Neil Gaiman comic books.

The piece is largely focused on how Bill's pop-culture savvy has, in odd ways, led to his success. Like a lot of our favorite comics, Bill can comedy-nerd with the best of them, as I discovered when his interview for TSOYA ended with a 30-minute discussion of "Garth Marengi's Dark Place" and "BrassEye." So I can independently verify that Hader's a culture vulture.

Bill's since been a generous and committed booster of TSOYA, and that kind of thing goes a long way with me. So... kudos to film and television celebrity William Hader.

And here's what the article's brief mention of Bill's German doubletalk character reminded this giant comedy nerd of... Sid Caesar from Your Show of Shows.

Edited to add: MaxFunster Josh notes astutely that Bill is wearing a "Newbridge is for Lovers" t-shirt in the photo! Eagle eyes. The Best Show is another thing we talked about in that conversation :).

Mel Brooks' "The Critic"

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Mel Brooks won an Oscar for this short, his first film, in the early 1960s. HILARIOUS.

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Steven Wright on Conan

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The quickest slow talker in showbiz. Whatta guy. His new album comes out Tuesday.

Previously: Wright on TSOYA

Paul Simon v. Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins

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One of the great basketball matchups of all time. From SNL.

Elephant Larry - "Gummi Bears: The Movie"

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When will this remake stuff end?

From our top class pals at Elephant Larry.

My life is good.

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"Ran... I'm tired. How would you like to be the Boss for a while?" - Mr. Bruce Springsteen, to Randy Newman.

Podcast: Ten West: "Jimmy & Jeb"

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Ten West are a Los Angeles-based comedy group whose performances combine traditional sketch-comedy with vaudevillian clowning, often with live music accompaniment. They tour regularly, and have appeared in all of the nation's premier sketch comedy and fringe theater festivals. The Los Angeles Weekly highlighted their most recent show, writing that it was "goofy, giddy, funny and executed with infectious charm."

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The Dangers of Supercool

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Upright Citizens Brigade: Supercool Brownies

Have you talked to your children about the dangers of Supercool? Just one wand of this nightmarish drug can result in the kind of bizarre, unhinged behavior seen in the above video. It even ruined the career of pop superstars The Titte Brothers.

Upright Citizens Brigade: Cyborg Training

Luckily, there IS help. As you can see in the above video, our government is training cyborg detectives to "sniff out" supercool in our schools and places of business.

Eternal vigilance, however, is required. A good first step? Check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Season 2 on DVD. You'll be glad you did.

Have Netflix? Watch A Thousand Clowns

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My favorite movie (well, one of my three favorite movies), "A Thousand Clowns," has been out of print since the early 90s. It never came out on DVD.

HOWEVER, astute Max Funster Carol noticed that for some reason, it IS available on Netflix "Instant Viewing."

So, if you have Netflix and a PC, you can watch the movie by clicking here, then clicking on "Play." I urge you to do so.

What's your dad like?

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A Catalog of Unfinished Business by Illegal Art, from the New York Times. Note the special message, bottom left, in yellow. Doo Dah Doo Doo.

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